FNU Apprenticeship Drive to Bridge Skills Gap

Posted On: May 10, 2024

The Fiji National University (FNU) through the National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) hosted its first-ever joint apprenticeship drive at the College of Engineering and Technical Vocational Education and Training’s (CETVET) Derrick Campus in Samabula.

The initiative aimed to bridge the gap between education and industry by providing practical training opportunities for FNU students through apprenticeship schemes.

Acting Associate Dean TVET, Vasenai Kereni, said the initiative was beneficial for everyone involved including NTPC, FNU students and the industry representatives.

“This collaboration between FNU and the industries represented, would not only benefit our student body by increasing enrolment in apprenticeship programmes, but would also contribute to Fiji’s economy and empower students to gain valuable skills while earning an income,” Kereni stated.

Kereni also commended the support from the industry with their representation at the drive.

“The strong support from industries created a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain insight into various trades and career opportunities through apprenticeship programmes,” she added.

“We are actively seeking more companies to join the initiative. This benefits both the companies who gain access to a pool of potential qualified employees they have helped train, while students gain valuable skills and career prospects.”

According to NTPC’s Manager Apprenticeship & Trade Test Alvin Lal, the objective of the drive was met with the successful provision of the platform for industry and students to connect.

“The response to this event has been overwhelming, with not only students but also members of the public expressing interest. We plan to replicate this success in the Western and Northern Division and hold more frequent engagement sessions with employers at FNU facilities,” Lal expressed.

“Our goal is to recruit a significant number of apprentices this year. Over 150 individuals attended this drive, and we anticipate the selection of approximately 60 apprentices.”

“Apprenticeship opportunities are available year-round, and we are committed to supporting employers in finding qualified candidates and contributing to a qualified and skilled workforce in Fiji.”

The NTPC will host an apprenticeship drive for the Northern Division at the FNU Naduna campus in Labasa on 16 May, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.